It’s been some time now since Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) was first released in theatres and during that time the movie has garnered both an army of devotees, dedicated to defending and protecting its merits, and an army of naysayers, intent on bashing and criticising the movie.  This juxtaposition on opposite sides of the debate has created both an argument that states: “DC fanboys” will shield and protect anything produced under the DC banner, lest Marvel rule the comic-book film industry; and the parallel argument that states: critics have an inherent bias towards DC properties, an opinion further solidified after the critical failures of Suicide Squad (2016).

 

All of these arguments have tainted the discussion of comic-book movie properties into a gladiatorial battle between Marvel and DC for supreme dominance of the box-office. However, the destruction of either Marvel or DC movies would have a catastrophic effect on the quality and variety of comic-book movies.

Personally, thus far, I have preferred the movies within the Marvel Cinematic Universe more than their counterparts in the DCEU.  That is not to say that I am a Marvel fanboy; far from it in fact.  My favourite superhero is still Batman, and I believe that The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005-2012) is one of the greatest film trilogies of all time, and by far overshadows anything Marvel has done in their cinematic universe thus far.

What I find interesting and enjoyable about the Marvel and DC movies is differentiation.  No one can accuse DC of copying the Marvel formula, except in the creation of a cinematic universe in the first place.  Up until now DC movies have operated under their own rules and guidelines, in spite of being compared consistently with their Marvel counterparts.  However, I believe that Suicide Squad, reflecting a world post-Batman V Superman, highlights the changes that will are occurring with subsequent DC movies, in an effort to further ally them with the humorous edge of Marvel movies.

We can already see the evidence of this post-Batman V Superman world for DC movies strikingly in the footage of Justice League that was shown at Comic Con; footage that reeks of a studio’s desperation to pander to the demands of wider audiences, who have thus far grown accustomed to Marvel movies as their ipso facto comic-book summer blockbuster.

The result of all of this critical flattening of DC properties will be a move towards the kind of movies Marvel Studios make, and I think that this assimilation of ideas and method from Marvel Studios would be a bad choice for DC and movies goers.  In terms of finance I can wholeheartedly understand why Warner Brothers is pressuring its filmmakers to reproduce the kind of movies Marvel Studios is making; for starters Marvel’s movies have been critically and commercially more successful then DC’s.  However, in terms of artistry and variation, it would be great if Warner Brothers had stuck to their guns and supported the creative visions of their directors.  Batman V Superman, while highly flawed, at least has desires for greatness and an artistic flair courtesy of Zack Synder; while Suicide Squad has the skeleton of a much darker David Ayer film, a vision that was clearly hacked away during post-production, when the post-Batman V Superman fallout began filtering through to other DC films.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I feel that subsequent DC movies will resemble Marvel movies more closely than ever, and this is a shame for anybody, such as myself, who has up until now enjoyed their differing approaches.  I enjoy going to see movies from the Marvel Cinematic universe because they are just that, movies from the Marvel Cinematic universe.  I don’t want to go to see a DC movie that looks like a hack-job of a Marvel movie, and I don’t want to see DC abandon a creative vision present since Man of Steel (2013), just because some critics didn’t like them.  If the Transformers movie franchise can persist under an absence of critical favouritism, then so too can the darker DC films.  Although I fear that the ship may have sailed on this one… 

 

Who am I?

My name is Stuart Kilmartin, and I hail from Galway, Ireland.

I studied English Literature at NUI Galway (B.A. & M.A.).  Spent many a moon reading Edgar Allan Poe & I can recite Ozymandias, by Percy Shelley, word for word; it's irrelevant, but I'm proud of it.

Deep-rooted passion for all things film and television.  For those who say David Lynch is too obscure, I agree; and yet, I love him.

I started this blog with the intention of getting my thoughts out there and to gain more experience in entertainment writing; and to prove that all those years watching movies weren't time wasted.

I've been writing for over a year now, and I've collaborated with ComicBuzz & Headstuff, where I've had a number of pieces published.  Check out some of my other published work here  http://comicbuzz.com/author/stuartkilmartin/ or https://www.headstuff.org/author/stuart-kilmartin/ 

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